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Lesson Plans


Product vs. process(longish)

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chandra grace cousins (chandra)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 21:16:53 -0400 (EDT)


Hi Everyone,
Being a brand new teacher I started a unit with 7th and 8th grade
that I've never done before. We're doing portraits, which we started by
tracing features on models, then drawing sketches of our faces, then
transferring the sketches onto a large piece of paper. Then we discussed
fauve color and painted the portraits unrealistic colors. The last leg of
the unit is to collage the background of the portrait with photo's, copies,
cut outs, letters that can create words...anything that makes a statement
about what each individual cares about. The point of the collage part was
to allow kids to express themselves without just the visual image of their
face. The kids have started the collage part, and I think the products are
not coming out as well as I thought they would. The kids seemed to learn
alot from the sketches and drawing, and they learned about colors and color
mixing in the painting part. The paint took away some of the reality of how
the kids looked, and some are frustrated that the portraits now don't look
like them. This was the whole point of painting the portraits wild colors,
because I thought it was very difficult to paint a realistic portrait at
that age, with tempera. Now the collage part seems to be making the
paintings very busy, and I'm not sure the whole thing works as a cohesive
unit. I suppose I made a huge mistake not doing one of my own before
teaching this...however It's too late. The point of this post is that we've
now spent 5 class periods on this project, and because of that I don't want
the kids to be disappointed with the products. I also feel that maybe those
classes were wasted if the results don't come out as well as they could?
Does anyone have any imput...or have you dealt with similar situations?
Maybe I just needed to vent, but I thought some of you might have helpful
advice or hints or comments. Thanks very much, Chandra in Maine.